During his most recent radio show, Day suggested that a change to college football hashmarks is in order. He believes that the current marks have become “antiquated” and should be moved closer like they are in the NFL.
“I feel like the hashmarks in the college game are antiquated,” Day declared.
Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles has been superb for the Buckeyes through six games. He’s only been called upon six times for field goals, making all six. But he’s also made all 37 extra point attempts – and has never missed on the extra point in his college career.
Ryan Day said he thinks the hashmarks should be moved closer to the middle of the field in college football like they are in NFL, and said he has even considered pushing for that in the offseason. He believes the college hashmarks have become “antiquated” as the game has changed.
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Given that NFL kickers come almost exclusively from college football, it probably wouldn’t hurt to make this change. NFL hashmarks are much closer together, requiring a much more precise kick to make it through the goalposts.
But while moving the hashmarks would undoubtedly help NFL-caliber kickers, it would probably hurt more than it helps. College hashmarks are difficult enough for most kickers to consistently make long field goals from.
We could see field goal percentage numbers drop across the country in a big way if this change were ever implemented.
Nevertheless, it’s an interesting suggestion.
Do you like Ryan Day’s suggestion for changing the field hashmarks?